An oil tanker bumped into a car near the city of Kisantu in the west of the Democratic Republic of Congo. As a result, more than 50 people have been reported dead while 100 others suffered second-degree burns.
The tanker and car crash occurred at Kisantu between the capital Kinshasa and Matadi port
The incident took place on a major road at Kisantu linking the capital Kinshasa to Matadi port. Kisantu lies about 75 miles (120km) south-west of capital Kinshasa. The UN’s Okapi radio told that: “The flames spread rapidly, engulfing nearby houses”.
An eyewitness said: “We have counted 53 charred bodies”. A doctor at a nearby hospital called the situation a race against time to treat survivors.
One of the doctors, Dr. Tresor told: “We are trying to help them, we are trying to rehydrate them but sadly there are those who are dying”.
He further added that authorities had “taken measures to take charge of all the victims”.
However, the pro-democracy movement Lucha has dismissed the rescue efforts. It said: “No ambulance and no hospital worthy of its name in Kisantu. Preventing this kind of disaster, let’s just not speak about it..”.
Years of war has also worsened the roads in the central African nation. Earlier in 2010, an oil tanker overturned and exploded which claims220 lives.
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